Q: Why do you suppose people get defensive when you ask them how much time they finished a particular marathon in ?
I think it has to do with the type of people marathoners tend to be. While finishing is the most important thing, their actual finish time leave many marathoners unsatisfied and motivates them to train harder for the next marathon.
There's also the BQ mentality, the goal of qualifying for Boston that makes time so important...
If anyone asked me what my first marathon finish time was, I would tell them without hesitation and with quite a bit of pride.
However, when people now ask me how I did in my last marathon... I tell them I finished but my time wasn't very good. I wouldn't volunteer my finish time as readily
Those are my reasons anyway for not disclosing times.
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